‘Wonder Woman’: Adrianne Palicki lassoes starring role on TV show

Feb. 16, 2011 | 5:30 p.m.
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Adrianne Palicki and Wonder Woman (NBC/DC Comics)

This just in from Warner Bros…

Adrianne Palicki (“Friday Night Lights,” “Red Dawn”) will star in the title role of “Wonder Woman,” a new series pilot from David E. Kelley (“Boston Legal,” “Ally McBeal,” NBC’s “Harry’s Law”).

The series pilot is a reinvention of the iconic DC Comics title in which Wonder Woman – a.k.a. Diana Prince – is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life. Kelley and Bill D’Elia (“Boston Legal,” “The Practice”) are the executive producers. The pilot was written by Kelley and will be directed by Jeffrey Reiner (NBC’s “The Event”).  “Wonder Woman” is from David E. Kelley Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Palicki, who appeared as Tyra Collette in NBC’s acclaimed “Friday Night Lights,” will star in the upcoming feature-film remake of “Red Dawn.”  She also starred in the horror film “Breaking the Girl” and in the recent series “Lone Star.”

More to come on this…

— Geoff Boucher


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28 Responses to ‘Wonder Woman’: Adrianne Palicki lassoes starring role on TV show

  1. Barbara says:

    Well, it doesn't look like she has the body or look of Lynda Carter, but she isn't afraid to show a lot of skin. Hope she can do well.

  2. Joker says:

    She was in Smallville too! I think that was the show that kick-started her acting career.

  3. Brett says:

    I hope Adrianne Palicki eventually lands in a series that lasts. I don't think it will be this woefully flawed interpretation of "Wonder Woman."

    • JAYMES says:

      I guess you read the same or one of the articles outlining David Kelley's overall premise for WW. Incredibly sad to take such a strong iconic character and reduce her to an ice cream eating, whiny corporate executive. WHO THE HELL WANTS TO SEE THAT??

  4. Yamil says:

    Meh…This role was made for Bridget Regan…

  5. shootthecritic says:

    I'm really not sure about this casting. Ms. Palicki was fine as Tyra on "Friday Night Lights". Of all the (mostly very talented) actors, she was one of the most limited. Sometimes she was fun to watch, but other times she was predictably self-absorbed and uninteresting. Perhaps this role will bring out more of her qualities — but, then again, it's "Wonder Woman" on television. I'm not sure the concept has much promise. The easy/obvious casting supports my doubts.
    – Shoot the Critic, http://shootthecritic.com

  6. nana says:

    can't wait to see her pilot her invisable plane

  7. Jeff Cooke says:

    I'm looking forward to the show and congrats Adrianne but Lynda Carter will always be the TRUE Wonder Woman to me!

  8. oroboros says:

    My two cents: the good news is that Palecki is a good, solid actress as evidenced by her performances on Friday Night Live.

    The bad news? Palecki doesn't look anything like an Amazon. She is a 5' 11" blonde with little to no muscles. This implies the show's direction is similar to that of Smallville. Typical Hollywood logic, where only the most recent formula is taken as dogma. I would be a bit more excited had they casted someone like Cobie Smulders. At least she looks like she could kick your ass with a smile on her face.

  9. skreech says:

    boo, bad choice

  10. Matthew says:

    Who cares about the casting. The real issue is the 're-imaging' by Kelley. Wonder Woman is to female super heroes as Superman is to male super heroes: the ultimate. Her origin and identity are important to who she is as a hero. Making her a billionaire is antithetical to her origins and values as a character.
    There is a good reason why most nets passed on the project: it stinks.

    • Jamie says:

      wow, are you right, man. When Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman first came to Man's world, she didn't understand the concept of money, and wasn't trained to exploit her good looks. This might develop into a 3-show flop if its lucky, but under a different name. It will never be Wonder Woman.

  11. Tmiller says:

    I don't really know her very well, but it would be impossible to find an actress who looks physically powerful and can deliver a line. I think the writing will decide whether the show is any good.

  12. newphx says:

    Thoughts on the new NBC Wonder Woman pilot–

    Without even seeing it, it will fail because of the usual reasons when depicting a female superhero on network TV–

    1) It will be too politically correct. Superheroines need to be SEEN and unself-conscious about it. Her suit will simply not be sexy / skimpy/ tight enough. If Lynda Carter didn’t have such imposing cleavage in her 1977 suit, do you think anyone would remember her?

    2) NBC promotions and marketing will typically target the wrong audience a la Bionic Woman and Birds of Prey: 16-24 females who COULD CARE LESS.

    3) They will underserve the audience that DOES CARE, 16-55 MEN.

    4) It will not be written by someone who cares– a Fanboy with real writing skills. David Kelley is one hell of a writer, but I don’t know…if Wonder Woman works, it’s only because of him.

    Don’t know alot about Adrianne Palicki, but they missed the boat when NOT casting Valerie Perez, IMHO.

    Let’s hope I’m wrong.

  13. soothsayer767 says:

    Casting her seems to assure the pilot never goes to series. Some series do however do serious recasting after the pilot is shot. So I have still hoping they will wake up.

    BRIDGET REGAN was born to play Wonder Woman.

  14. Matt says:

    Two words: Megan Gale!! Look her up!!

  15. Matt says:

    I could see Serinda Swan in that role too.

  16. King Yule says:

    There will never be another Lynda Carter. That woman was beautiful beyond belief. She had beautiful dark hair, gorgeous blue eyes and really big boobs. That's a perfect woman.

  17. Darshan says:

    Adrienne who?

  18. Raccoon says:

    "vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life"

    Doesn't that sound an awful lot like Power Girl?

  19. wonderking says:

    The actress seems ok despite Lynda Carter forever being the one true Wonder Woman. I wish Adrianne luck because if or if not she is the right choice the script that has leaked completely sucks. Let's hope it is only a decoy and not the real deal or Wonder Woman is in trouble. And any costume other then the iconic costume would be tragic just the same. It's a horrible prank by DC Comics & Warner Bros. on WW fans of their treatment to a major character on her 70th.

  20. richard says:

    just hope this isnt going to be like the wonder woman movie with cathy lee crosby heres hoping

  21. Jimmer says:

    David E. "quirky is as quirky does" Kelley will ruin the show. Ally McBeal with super powers? She was bad enough with just one she had — super-whining.

  22. mmm says:

    this is crap

  23. kevin says:

    ok guys No she doesnt look like Lynda. But Lynda is the only Wonder Woman we have ever known. It is time for someone else to work the red boots. Would Adrianne be my first choice. No but at least they finally cast it and I am sure the only reason is the fact she is still under contract with NBC.But lets look at this with an open mind and see where this goes. Nothing has been done with WW since Lynda. I am so glad that this is taking place. It is time

  24. Lee C }:o) says:

    Why can't we get what we are truly after? All we fans want is a character true to, at least to the concept of, the comic book Wonder Woman. All this 're-inventing' of the comic characters lately doesn't even make for a fun viewing. I dumped Smallville after the first season and only watched again when Kara/Supergirl appeared in the 7th season. For us Wonder Woman fans, Kathy Lee bombed in her rendition… why would anyone think a similar story would do any better now.

  25. Tracy Johnson says:

    I think she is gorgeous and might do well, but am not too thrilled about the series itself. At first I was excited, but then found out that not only is WW supposed to use being a millionaire tycoon/"modern woman" as a cover, a lot of the plots will revolve around her "everyday" life. So is this WW or Dynasty? I`m sensing a MAJOR fan disappointment…

  26. Jaymes says:

    After having read about the direction David Kelley's script is taking this iconic character, I struggle with the idea of seeing his vision come to life. I'm afraid the least of his concerns is who will be playing WW if he continues along that path. If he does, it will most likely last just as long as "Lone Star" did.

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